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An Update to Kartell by Laufen

Italian designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, the godfathers of the first beautifully designed bathroom, presented their collection Kartell by Laufen in the Brera showroom during Milan Design Week 2017.

The partnership began in 2013 and out of it came a new revolutionary material: SaphirKeramik, a material that allows performance characteristics that were unthinkable until today. A material twice-as-strong, more ecological and thinner than ceramic.

The collection includes an interconnected ecosystem where washbasins, sanitaryware, taps and fittings, storage units, shower bases, bathtubs, lights and accessories coexist with the maximum flexibility. One of the most exemplary products which portrays such coexisting flexibility is the Column basin mixer which acts as both side tray and shower faucet holder. At this year’s design event, visitors got a taste of the latest products to be included in the collection.

Kartell by Laufen

Courtesy of Kartell by Laufen


“Every year we add to the collection with new pieces,” Ludovica Palomba told ArchiExpo e-Magazine. “This year we added decoration to the basins so they become more like a sculpture, like a big vase. We also added new finishing colors: green and rose.”

All the accessories and furnishings in plastic have been updated with two new colors: powder pink and emerald green. The colors opaque white and opaque black will be available for mirrors, shelves and towel racks.

Kartell by Laufen

Courtesy of Kartell by Laufen

Listen to Ludovica Palomba discuss the latest products at the showroom on via Pontaccio in the Soundcloud clip below. He also compares bathroom design today to 25 years ago, saying it didn’t exist then. Near the end of the interview he mentions how product design, like people, should be good–meaning useful– and beautiful, not just one or the other. Be sure to read more about the designers here.
kartell by laufen soundcloud image


Slim washstands+cabinets 550/600/800/1000 x 500 mm.

Countertop washbasin 500/600 x 500 x h120 mm

Floor-standing rimless toilets with or without external cistern

Bathtub 1715 x 815 x h520 mm

Slim cabinet 1200 x 270 mm

Cabinet column 400 x 1300 mm

Cabinet 300 x 700 mm

Boxy – soap dish (clear, pink and green crystal)

Boxy – toothbrush holder (clear crystal base and a body in the shiny black, white, pink and green clear versions)

About the Author

American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of AgriExpo e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

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